Maria Beebe

Maria Large17 years old, attending Brookhouse Secondary School, Nairobi. Maria was awarded a Beacon Scholarship in June 2015.

Having achieved excellent IGCSE results last year, Maria initially found the challenge of the more in-depth knowledge required for AS level rather daunting. However, with help from her teachers, determination and hard work, she has steadily improved and achieved 2 A's and 2 B's in her AS level exams.

Maria is a talented player in the U19 Girls’ Football team, the U17 Netball and Rounders’ teams. She represented the school at the Mini GISS Conference on Empowerment. She plays the flute and guitar, and took part in the band for the school play, was a musician at the Christmas Carols, and participated in a performance held at the Conservatoire.

Maria is a Prefect and a Student Leader, responsible for liaising between the student body and the executive. She was appointed Peer Mentor to the incoming Year 12s, advising and motivating them. She continued to run a Chemistry discussion group for her peers. Her contribution in Citizenship lessons continues to inspire her peers to take part in Service Learning projects outside the school. She initiated two events: a Bake Sale for Ilbissil School, involving others and teaching them how to organise and run an event; and a book/clothing drive for the Year 12 Machakos Service Learning Project (a 10-day event).

Maria's father worked for Amref Health Africa, an NGO, but sadly died prematurely in 2016 while Maria was a Beacon Scholar. Her mother is currently between jobs.

Beacon Workshop Participation

For her 2019 Summer Beacon Citizenship Project Maria volunteered at the Angel Children's Home in Dagoretti.

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In Leadership Workshops Maria was bold, critical and brought in new ideas, applying her learning appropriately to real life situations. She is particularly good at team building and influencing. Her Citizenship project presentation was confident, simple and creative.